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take, yeahus. jill, that's good news for most people. >> reporter: absolutely. consumers reap a great benefit from low oil. last year, the average household saved $660 at the pump. it's like an unexpected tax refund. and cheap gas prices, along with low interest rates and an improving job market, helped boost auto sales. last year, automakers sold a record 17.4 million cars and light trucks. >> but for a lot of folks in the country, it's bad news, too. >> reporter: absolutely. you know, after a big boom from 2010 to 2014, there is pain in the energy sector. the mining industry -- that includes oil, gas and coal -- lost 129,000 jobs last year. and that's just the direct hit. industries that serve miners, like a waitress working in a restaurant near a fracking site, may have been laid off. or a convenience store worker
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